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February 19th, 2010
06:00 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 2/18/10

Editor's Note: After last night's AC360°, many of you wrote in to comment on the plane crash in Austin, Texas. We also heard feedback about Abbie Boudreau's special investigation into the NATO's 96-hour rule for detainees. What do you have to say? Let us know.
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On the IRS incident. It's not unusual for something like this to happen and a lot of people say, He always seemed like a nice guy, etc.- but they also say – or somebody does, "sort of a loner." This guy was not a loner. He seemed to be very involved. It seems like a real sudden change of personality (which doesn't mean he didn't have some bad feelings toward the IRS- but acting on them is something else), which suggests to me some sort of brain injury- a tumor, maybe, in the part of the brain that controls aggression. That is the first thing I would look for.

Our hearts go out to the victims of today's plane attack on the IRS building in Austin, TX. If for no other reason, it is time to eliminate the IRS and replace it with a citizen friendly organization that will not inherit the tarnished image or reputation of the IRS. However, such a singular change is not enough. Rules of conduct must strictly prohibit abuse of taxpayers. I truly believe the work the IRS does can be done by another organization and done much more efficiently and ethically. Regardless of the IRS' past conduct, there is no excuse for anyone to act as this criminal mind did today. Grievances can be handled intelligently and with dignity. Killing innocent people is never the answer to frustration, disappointment or anger and it will not serve as a constructive means to an end. How disillusioned some Americans have become, I am saddened but hopeful that we have the resilience to overcome this tragedy and become a stronger nation in its wake.


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